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Big Thicket Messenger - Obituaries
For the Week of November 11, 2007 - November 18, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Graveside services for Mary Lynn Boyd, 70, were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2007, at Morgan Cemetery.

The family received visitors prior to the service from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland.

She died on November 1, 2007. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Thomas J. Boyd Sr.; and her son, Nathan Boyd.

Survivors include her daughters, Dianna L. Boyd, Tina L. Randall and Iris Boyd; son, Thomas J. Boyd Jr.; sister, Wanda Clark; grandchildren, Mitchell Randall, Isaac Randall, Scott Sveter, Stacy Rambo, Nichole Sveter, Jonathan Stordhal and Jennifer Swanson; many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members, and caring friends.

Pace-Stancil Funeral Home, Cleveland, was in charge of arrangements.

John Martin Bross, 92, died Saturday, October 27, 2007, at his residence in Livingston.
He was born April 6, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Agnes Dammer Bross.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, having attained the rank of TEC 5. He enlisted on February 17, 1941 and was discharged on September 6, 1945.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Alan Bross.
Survivors include his wife, Lucyann Bross of Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Roland Thomas of Livingston; son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Penny Bross of Pollock Pines, California; grandchildren, Jason Bross, Annette Himelick, Kyle Bross, Daniel Bross, Dustin Bross, Kasey Bross, Alan Bross Jr., Crystal Varner, Kendra Scott, Roland Thomas III, Joshua Thomas, Sarah Thomas, Elizabeth Thomas and Janie Dehart; great-grandchildren, Heather Varner, Kelly Varner, Bailey Scott, Devon Scott, Daria Scott, Jacob Thomas, Indica Dehart and Kailey Dehart; and daughter-in-law, Jill Bross of Berwick, Louisiana.
Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial services for Theodore Pope Clemmons, 83, of Livingston, were held Sunday, October 28, 2007, in the Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home Chapel in Woodville. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery.

He was born October 28, 1923, the son of Morris Cook and Esca Dee Pope Clemmons in Beaumont. He was a former longtime resident of Houston and had lived in the Livingston area for the past 10 years. He was retired from the oil industry and was a World War II U.S. Army/Air Force veteran.

Mr. Clemmons died on Thursday, October 25, 2007, in Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Arthur Marco of Coconut Creek, Florida and Martha and John Doherty of Holbook, Massachusetts; brother, Martin Clemmons of Sugarland; grandchildren, Mary Dominy and John Doherty; nieces, Frances Kuehn and Cheryl Greenway; and nephew, Martin Clemmons.

Cremation services were under the direction of Stringer & Griffin Funeral Home of Woodville.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 29, 2007 for Code William “Skipper” Grant, 91, of Livingston, in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel, with Windle Kee officiating. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery in Livingston.

“Skipper” was born November 16, 1915 in Lake Providence, Louisiana, and died October 26 in Memorial Medical Center, Livingston. He retired as a pilot on a Marine towboat.

His wife, Beatrice Grant; his mother and father, Ida Mae Edwards and John T. Grant Sr.; and one daughter, Shirley Dickerson, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his five daughters, Linda Boatwright and husband, Rolan, of Houston, Debra Grant of Goodrich, Corliss Grant of Houston, Colby Clark and husband, Bill, of Beaumont and Tameron LaGow and husband, Doyle, of Livingston; brother-in-law, W.T. Autry and wife, Lorraine, of Livingston; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Pallbearers were Thomas Autry, Brian Chapman, Gary Woolverton, Wayne Woolverton, Quention Gillson, Jerry Davis, Darrel Herbst and Kenny Woolverton.

To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.

Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Jennie Mae Read Hatcher, 97, of Houston, were held Saturday, November 3, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastors Phil Corbett and Curtis Jordan officiating. Interment followed in Union Springs Cemetery.

She was born July 20, 1910 in Mertens, and died on Sunday, October 28, 2007, in Houston.

She graduated from Mertens High School and pursued her dream of becoming a teacher, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from North Texas State College. She devoted most of her adult life to teaching elementary school in various parts of Texas. She retired from Houston ISD and moved to Corrigan, where she continued her love of working with students by substitute teaching in C-CISD for many more years.

She was active in the Eastern Star for many years and received a 50-year pin and service award. For the past five years, she lived in the Atria Senior Living Community in Houston. She was known as someone who made many friends and was liked by all. She entertained the residents and staff with her stories and sense of humor and became known to some as “The Lady with a Thousand Faces.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 45 years, Lavelle E. “Red” Hatcher; and sons, William David Hatcher II and Louis Douglas Hatcher.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Sandra Lee and Stephen Williams and their children, Tanya Annette Versecky, Charlotte Marie Wilson, Eric Brian Williams and Christina Lynn Williams; daughter and son-in-law, Maureen Sue and Curtis B. Lewis and their daughters, Amanda Paige Lewis, Avery Janel Lewis and Stefanie Corinne Lewis; grandsons, William David Hatcher III and Michael Lee Hatcher, sons of William Lee Hatcher II; and granddaughter and grandson, Alexis Marie Harder and Douglas Anthony Christian, children of Louis Douglas Hatcher.

 Funeral services were held Thursday, November 1, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. for Loreta Cleo Hook, 84, at Pace Funeral Home, with Brother Randy Maze officiating. Interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Onalaska.

Loreta was born in Turkey, Texas on October 14, 1923 and was a retired baker. She was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1950. For 57 years she volunteered her time in the ministry.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Warren Scott and James Hook; and her parents, Perry and Maud Cogdill.

Survivors include her son, David Scott of Bolen, New Mexico; three daughters, Carolyn Hook Singleton of Wathena, Kansas and Kathryn Hook McReynolds of Tucson, Arizona; one sister, Flora Cogdill of Amarillo; seven grandchildren, Susan Reed of Trinity, Kelli Pulcher of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Kimberly Womack of Houston, Julie Mejia of Missouri City, Theresa Cooper of St. Joe, Missouri, Tracy Nold of Helena, Mississippi and Todd Smithson of Seneca, Kansas; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Comstock, Richard LaFour, Leslie Crain, James Cash, John Venning and Steven Cowart.

To sign the online guest book, go to www.pacefuneral.com.

Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Claud Early Hoot, 80, of Alto, formerly of Corrigan, were held Friday, November 2, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Lesley Wilkinson and Brother Claud S. Hoot officiating. Interment followed in Carmona Cemetery.

He was born October 10, 1927 in Mt. Rose and died on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, in Alto. He was a sawyer in the lumber industry and a Baptist by faith. He was a minister and pastored several churches for many years.

His wife of over 59 years, Betty Jean Lott Hoot; parents, John Hubbard and Bessie Murphy Hoot; brother, Lloyd Hoot; and granddaughter, Myrtle Michael Isaacks, precedes Mr. Hoot in death.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Claud S. and Carol Hoot, Jerry and Mary Hoot and Rex Hoot, all of Corrigan; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and George Murphy of Corrigan and Mary and Tommy Selman of Alto; brother, H.L. Hoot of Hamilton; sister, Evelyn Capps of Cleveland; grandchildren, Pete Cowen, Sherman Hoot, Keri Bowman, Cassidy McClendon, Rose Hoot, Jeanie Selman, Julie McGuinty, Jerry Hoot Jr., John Hoot and Brandi Luce; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Cowen, Dakota Cowen, Dylan Sturrock, Caleb Hoot, Reagen Faye McGuinty, Josh Hoot, Katie Hoot, Haley Luce, Coty Luce, Peyton Bowman, Zack Bowman and Reagen Bowman; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Pete Cowen, Sherman Hoot, Josh Hoot, John Hoot, John McGuinty, Jason Bowman and Larry Burris. Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandsons.

Funeral services for Edward Kennedy, 100, of Woodlake, were held Monday, October 29, 2007, in the Corrigan Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Lester McAdams and Pastor Carol Norsworthy officiating. Interment followed in Bennett Cemetery in Trinity County.

He was born March 17, 19607 in McGee Bend and died on Friday, October 26, 2007 in Crockett. He was a carpenter and painter for many years and a Baptist by faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Rosa Bennett Kennedy; first wife, Dollie Kennedy; daughters, Helen, Dorothy; and two infant children; grandsons, Doug Kennedy, Michael Day and Dennis Day Jr.; great-grandson, Christopher Charles Kennedy; great-granddaughter, Brittney Fitzgerald; brothers, Arthur, Grover, Clever and Vonnie Kennedy; and sisters, Lillie Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Penola Perkins and Hart Norsworthy.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Marie Patterson Kennedy of Woodlake; sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Louise Kennedy and Lynn and Jean Kennedy, all of Corrigan and Lent and Bessie Kennedy of Woodlake; daughter and son-in-law, Odean and Butch Schetat of Woodlake; brother, Omie Kennedy of Beaumont; sisters, Emma Norsworthy of Crockett and Opal Thomas of Beaumont; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 51 great-great grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Day, Johnny Day, Christopher Day, Bert Fitzgerald, David Kennedy, Michael Martinez, David Martinez, Jeremy Woods, Travis Bell, Andy Ashley, Jason Kennedy, Shawn Day and Christopher Kennedy.

Funeral services for Sara Brandes Leal, 80, of Romayor, were held on Saturday, November 3, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park Lawndale Chapel with Alicia Babin officiating. Interment followed in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

A beautiful mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, she was born on June 19, 1927.

She went to Heaven on Tuesday, October 30, 2007. Her husband, Joaquin T. Leal; mother, Paula Rivera Brandes; father, Henry Brandes; brother, Albert Brandes; and sisters, Frances Martinez, Mary Campos and Julia Valencia preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, Henry Cazares and wife, Bertha, of Houston, Johnny Leal and wife, Wanda, of Austin, Jimmy Leal and wife, Angie, of Houston, Jack Leal and wife, Paula, of Houston, Frank Leal and wife, Diana, of Deer Park, Joe Leal and wife, Sylvia, of Houston, and Angel Leal and wife, Helen, of Romayor; daughters, Connie Cazares of Houston and Mary Jane Moradi and husband, Roy Smith, of Cleveland; sisters, Martha Espinoza and husband, Victor Sr., of Pasadena and Elizabeth Ramos of Jasper; 28 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 Pallbearers were her sons, Henry Cazares, Johnny Leal, Jimmy Leal, Jack Leal, Frank Leal and Angel Leal. Honorary pallbearers included Chad Fielder, Bobby Mills, Clarence “Chip” Brownell, Earl Williams and Roy Smith.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2007, at First Assembly of God Church in Livingston for Eloise Fern Miller, 83, with Rev. Chris Borden officiating. Burial was in the Palms Memorial Park in Dayton.

She was born April 18, 1924 in Daisetta, the daughter of Varnel and Rissie (Rountree) Smith. She died on Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Pineridge Health Care in Livingston.

Her husband, Clarence; her father, Varnel Smith; her mother, Rissie Rountree; her step-son, Pete Miller; and her brothers, Vernon Smith and Donald Smith preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Vashti Shores of Livingston, Loralynn Lara-Gomez of College Station and Fern Simmons and husband, Jerry; step-daughter, Betty Pritchett of New Orleans, Louisiana; step-daughter-in-law, Joyce Miller of New Orleans, Louisiana; granddaughters, Valerie Shores and Vanessa Shores and Amanda Redmann; grandsons, Heath Colbert and Madison Simmons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jerry Simmons, Heath Colbert, David Shores, Rusty Smith and Christian Schanmier.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Barbara K. Nice, 81, of Livingston, was held Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Clifton Labbe officiating. Interment followed at the Rosewood Cemetery in Porter. A rosary was held Friday evening, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Pace Funeral Home Chapel.

She was born July 27, 1927 in Providence, Rhode Island After a lengthy illness she passed away at Memorial Medical Center, Lufkin, surrounded by her family.

She was a great daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was an avid bowler, loved to solve cryptogram puzzles, loved cooking and baking and owned 100s of cookbooks of which she tried out 1,000 recipes on her family. Because of her love of animals, she supported numerous chapters of the SPCA. She also supported numerous foreign orphans.

Her husbands, James K. Baxter and Herbert P. Nice; her parents, James P. and Marion J. Kiernan; brother, James K. Kiernan; and sister, Marion F. Gunnos, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her sons, J. Jeffrey Baxter of Houston, Timothy F. Baxter and wife, Marion, of Livingston, and Martin R. Baxter and wife, Ann-Mary of Kendall, Florida; two daughters, Barbara Jean Baxter and Lisa M. Mahlmeister, both of Tomball; brother-in-law, James E. Gunnon of Oscala, Florida; sister-in-law, Rosamond Kiernan of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Earl F. Baxter, Patrick J. Baxter, William W. Mahlmeister and Paul S. Mahlmeister; granddaughter, Kristi Marie VanAken and family friend, Joe Rose.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Memorial Medical Center, Livingston, and Memorial Medical Center, Lufkin and to all her numerous friends for all their love and support.

As per her wishes, memorials can be made to the SPCA of Livingston, Polk County, Texas.

Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 28, 2007 for Clinton Small Jr., 50, in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Onalaska, with Bishop Vic Larsen officiating.

He was born September 27, 1957 in Big Spring, the son of Clinton and Emily Cobb Small Sr.

Mr. Small died on Thursday, October 25, at his residence in Point Blank.

Survivors include his daughter, Christina Sustaita of Livingston; granddaughters, Elissa Sustaita and Gabriella Sustaita, both of Livingston; grandson, Fernando Sustaita of Livingston; mother, Emily Lane of Point Blank; sisters, Cyndy Schiele of Onalaska, Paula Stanley of Houston, Valarie Green of Point Blank and Elizabeth Kilpatrick of Pensacola, Florida; brothers, Frank Vick of Graham, Zack Kilpatrick of Tyler and Phil Kilpatrick; step-father, Jerome Kilpatrick; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Cochran Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

A memorial service for Howard Lewis Sweidel will be held Saturday, December 8, 2007, at the Dominican Sisters Chapel at 6501 Almeda Road in Houston.

He was born in Philadelphia on December 23, 1931 to Jesse Sweidel and Florence Cincinnato. His parents separated, and from a young age, Howard was raised in 13 different foster homes.

He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 15 (using another person’s identity) and served in Korea as a radio and crypto operator. Achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class, his military service included nine years of active duty and 13 years in the reserve.

In 1954 he married Mary Finocchiaro of St. Louis, who preceded him in death in 2006.

Active in politics, Howard served on the city council in Stow Ohio from 1963 to `1971. In 1965, he made a career change joining the Equitable Life Assurance Society. Moving quickly into management, Howard left Stow in 1971 to lead the Equitable Agency office in St. Louis, then Houston, and finally Cleveland, Ohio.

He retired early and returned to Texas, living in Onalaska and Houston. Howard took great pride in his family, military service, and successful activities in business and community service. He will long be remembered by the many whose lives were touched by his generosity of spirit.

Howard passed away on October 17, 2007 in Houston.

Survivors include his sisters, Anne Lane of California and Judy Camarota of New Jersey; his brother, David, of California; his children, Martin of Dallas, Howard Jr. Nancy, and Maria Standridge of Houston and Deanna Holmes of Indianapolis, Indiana; and eight grandchildren, Michael, Kara, Alex, Justin, Brent, Kelsi, Avery and Carter.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services for Roger Dallas Tim, 63, of Moscow, were held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 4, 2007, in Trinity Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Carl Roth officiating. Interment followed in the Bold Springs Cemetery.

Mr. Timm, a retired truck driver, was born in LaPorte, Indiana, on May 23, 1944. He was in the United States Army Reserve.

His father and mother, Dallas and Renetta Haman Timm precede him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Connie Myers Timm; sons, Richard D. Timm and wife, Wendy, of Bold Springs and Matthew R. Timm of Norman, Oklahoma; one daughter, Amanda B. Timm and husband, Tuan Nguyen, of Houston; sister, Susan T. King and husband, Herbert D. King Jr., of Richmond; seven grandchildren, Jodi Lani and Noel Timm, Grace, Erin and Claire Nguyen and Rachel Timm; and a host of family and friends.

Pallbearers were Richard D. Timm, Matthew R. Timm, Herbert D. King Jr., Tuan Nguyen, Marty Polk and James Lester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, the Polk County Animal Shelter of the Spondelitis Association of America.

To sign the online guest book, go to pacefuneral.com.

Pace Funeral Home, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 3, 2007 for Arvel Leroy Vickery, 88, at Onalaska Church of Christ, with Brother Windle Kee officiating. Burial was in Strong Cemetery in Slocum.

He was born November 12, 1918 in Slocum, the son of Andrew and Ruthie Turner Vickery. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Vickery was employed by Rainbow Baking Company for 42 years.

Mr. Vickery died Thursday, November 1, 2007 in Timberwood Nursing Home. His parents, seven brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Lanell Vickery of Onalaska; son, Billy Dwayne Vickery of Splendora; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Ann and J.A. Cook of Houston; grandchildren, Jay Allison, Cathie Dods, Stephanie Lopez and Lecretia Renee Fuller and husband, Michael, Hubert Knight and Allen Knight; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren.

Cochran Funeral Services, Livingston, was in charge of arrangements.







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